22 Aug 8 Reasons to Use HMI
A human machine interface (HMI) is a display terminal that allows a person to operate machinery. HMIs in various forms have been helping businesses improve their productivity in numerous ways for decades. If you’re still not sure about how HMIs can boost your production, consider these 8 reasons to use HMI.
- Fewer Workplace Injuries
Information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that nearly 4,000 workers are killed on the job in the United States every year, and tens of thousands more succumb to workplace-related injuries. HMIs can reduce these numbers by allowing machines to do hard and dangerous work while the employees operate them from a safe distance away.
- Increased Productivity
HMIs are designed to streamline the process of using machinery. Many of the jobs that are done in factories may not require a human machine interface to do the job; however, they have been found to increase productivity and efficiency when they are used. Take a supermarket self check-out machine, for example. Customers are able to swipe and pay for their goods in a speedy manner without needing to know the details about how a PoS works. The supermarkets are able to save money on employee salaries, and since the self-service machines take less space, more checkout aisles can be open at the same time and more customers are able to get in and out of the store quickly.
Anything that improves a company’s productivity is good for business, which is why your company should consider implementing HMI.
- Real-Time Monitoring and Alarm Systems
Real-time monitoring is the system’s ability to constantly check that everything is running as it should. HMIs make this possible by allowing the operator or manager to get a full-scale view of every ongoing process in the factory, while it happens, from one central location. And since the machines are able to monitor their own states, any malfunctions or issues are raised by an alarm that keeps logs of every event that trips it. With all this information readily available, repairs are done quickly and the operations in a factory can be streamlined using fewer resources.
- Increased Employee Satisfaction
Workers are happier to use HMIs where they used to perform tasks manually. This is because the HMI allows them to do the same tasks with more ease. Employees also like to know that the machine still needs someone to operate it.
- Data Recording
Data from workplace operations is vital but difficult to put together. Thanks to HMIs, employers are able to get accurate information on how long employees were working, status reports on the machines, and clear information on maintenance and repairs. The HMI tracks all this data automatically.
- Setting the Groundwork for Future Applications
Adding an HMI to just about any machine makes it possible to network that machine. When the machine is connected to a network, it is able to perform a wider range of functions such as storing data, making payments, network monitoring, and remote access. A simple HMI can turn any “dumb” machine into a smart device instantly.
- Improved Communications
Human machine interfaces allow operators to send messages to each other. For example, if an operator needs to let the forklift driver on the other side of the complex know that it’s time to bring in the next shipment, they can send a message across via the internal network that all the machines are connected to. Also, if the oil levels on a machine are getting low, then it can send a message to the mechanics that it needs a top up.
- Lower Hardware and Operational Costs
Machines without HMIs are largely standalone devices that each require their own access points and monitoring devices. With HMIs, multiple devices can be networked together, eliminating the need for hundreds of individual selectors and push buttons.
The benefits of HMI are clear, and we would love to make those benefits work for you! Jayco offers complete HMI design, engineering, and manufacturing services. Contact us to get started today.